Change the blending mode of the fire to Screen. Now only the fire will be visible.
Duplicate the fire layer and move it a bit to the left.
Group the fire layers together (Ctrl-click on each and press Ctrl + G). Import the fire brush . Add a layer mask and with a black brush hide the sharp corners by painting with a soft black brush and one of the fire brushes in the layer mask.
Open the file “Fire2”. Select all, copy and paste into our scene. Convert the newly imported layer into a Smart Object. Use Free Transform to place the fire as shown below.
Change the blending mode of the fire layer to Screen.
Add a layer mask to the fire layer. Mask away the hard edges.
Duplicate the “Fire2” layer in order to increase the sparkling effect.
Duplicate the “Fire2” layer again. Use free transform to place is it as indicated below.
Group all the three “Fire2” layers and name the group “Sparks”. You can add a layer mask to further hide the unwanted parts of the fire and sparks.
Duplicate the “Fire1” layer and place it as shown below. Change the blending mode to screen.
Add a layer mask and use the fire brushes and the soft round brush to mask the hard edges.
Duplicate the fire layer we masked at step 21 and move a bit lower to cover the entire wooden portion of the scythe.
Duplicate the fire layer again but this time move up the wooden portion of the scythe to further increase the brightness of the flames.
Group these fire layers from step 21-23 and add a layer mask to the group to further hide unwanted parts.
Unrar/Unzip somewhere on your computer the effects archive. Copy and paste one of the effects into our scene and position it as shown below.
Change the blending mode of the special effect to Color Dodge. Add a layer mask and mask the lower portion.
Choose another effect from the effects folder and place it as shown below.
Change the blending mode of the effect to Screen.
Create a Hue/Saturation Adjustment layer and clip it to the effect you just placed. Drag the hue slider all the way to the left.
Import the lightning brushes. Create a new layer and create a lightning with white color. Place the lightning as shown below. It is barely visible because there is so much light there.
Double click the lightning layer to enter advanced blending mode. Use the settings shown below.
Create two more layers and on each create a different lightning. Double click to enter advanced blending mode for each and use the same settings as we used in step 31.
Group the lightning layers together. Add a layer mask to the group and mask the unwanted parts.
Create a new layer and import the smoke brush. Create a smoke on the hand of the death figure using a smoke brush with white color – use a layer mask to hide hard edges.
Add some more smoke on different layers in the areas indicated below. If the smoke is too strong lower the opacity of the layer. Group the smoke layers together.